2008 Anne Mackie Award – Anne Mackie

Anne MackieAnne Mackie was honored with a presentation of the first annual “Anne Mackie Award” at the 2008 annual meeting of NCWU.

The citation read:

North Carolina Women United recognizes Anne Mackie as our Founding Mother who had the vision:

  • to conceive of the Women’s Agenda Program;
  • to establish it, expand it, and take it to other states;
  • to give it a permanent undergirding by creating the Building Agenda and Building Advocacy manual and the Women’s Draft Agenda;
  • to arrange a tax exemption for it;
  • to initiate Women’s Advocacy Day at the General Assembly;
  • and to found North Carolina Women United, an organization which is dedicated to carrying on her work and which now takes pleasure in giving her this award.

About Anne Mackie

Anne Mackie became involved with women’s issues as President of the Wake County League of Women Voters during the ERA campaign in the late 1970′s. She founded and became the first Executive Director of the North Carolina Women’s Legislative Agenda in 1987, which was adopted by NC Equity, Inc. in 1990. She continued to direct the program at NC Equity until 1995. At its apex in 1994, over 1,800 women were involved in local Women’s Agenda Assemblies in 37 locations around the state. Anne retired in 1995 to pursue an education in fine art photography at Savannah College of Art and Design, in Georgia and then returned to Cary in 1999 to work for the state Breast and Cervical Cancer Control program.

In 2001 what had started as an informal group of highly committed women became North Carolina Women United, a formal organization with 501(c)(3) status. That same year Anne Mackie permanently retired. She served on the Board of NCWU as Chair of the Membership Committee and as a member of the Program Committee. Anne spends significant time as a teacher and leader of Re-evaluation Counseling, a method where people learn to assist one another recover from the impact of past distress in order to think more clearly about issues of oppression such as sexism and racism. Anne is also an active grandmother of 4 and is Chair of Social Ministries at Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Cary.